Catching up after Corona: camps and youth work are promoted

The federal program "Catching up after Corona" creates opportunities throughout Germany for children, young people and their families to meet, discover new things together and experience their world after the pandemic. Additional funding is intended to help children and young people better cope with stresses that have arisen as a result of the Corona pandemic and the associated significant restrictions on their everyday lives. The aim is also to avoid possible negative effects on the development of social and cognitive skills.

As part of the action program, the Youth Service of the Waldeck-Frankenberg district and its Early Intervention Department have already organized the "Café Kinderwagen" in Frankenberg, parenting courses and parenting cafés in public libraries. The Schools and Education department has purchased materials for social skills training and prevention work, and financed team-building measures with external experts. The Sports and Youth Work department also participates in the federal program, distributing funds for children's and youth camps and for extracurricular youth work.

District Administrator Jürgen van der Horst explains: "In order to make the best possible use of the funds made available, we have drawn up a guideline, with the participation of various players in the associational, municipal and church youth work in Waldeck-Frankenberg." The funding possibilities are diverse - whether children's and youth camps with overnight stays, day trips without overnight stays or projects for extracurricular children's and youth work; as long as it is an additional, previously non-existent offer, a subsidy can be paid. Up to 15 euros per person and day are possible for camps, up to 750 euros per day for educational programs, and even up to 5,000 euros for projects.

The district administrator is calling on all voluntary and public youth welfare organizations - in the area of youth work -, recognized youth groups - e.g. from churches, associations, federations or youth clubs - and municipalities belonging to the district to call up funds from the funding program from the Sports and Youth Work Department if the requirements are met. Applications can be submitted online. Here, all relevant information as well as requirements and funding amounts can be viewed by downloading the guidelines. Those who prefer to fill out a paper application can of course also do so and request the application from the Sports and Youth Work Department, e-mail or, telephone 05631 954-461 or 05631 954-458. Further questions about funding opportunities in children's and youth work are also answered under these contact details.